Page 1: A study of parents’ attitudes towards soft drinks for children

Participant Information Sheet

You are being invited to take part in a research study run by the University of Bath. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. Thank you for reading this.


What is the purpose of the research?

The current study investigates parents’ attitudes towards soft drinks, and what influences the decisions they make about buying soft drinks for their family. You can take part if you are aged over 18 years old and a parent with a primary school aged child.


What will I be asked to do if I took part?

If you agree to take part in the study, you will be asked to complete two questionnaires, one month apart. The questionnaires will include a variety of questions about what your family eats, your attitudes towards soft drinks, and what you think about the steps the government is making to try and reduce sugar in our diets. This should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.


Will I be paid for participating in the research?

There is no payment for being part of this research, although we hope you will find it interesting. If you complete both questionnaires, you can be entered a prize draw to win a Love2shop voucher worth £50 if you wish to.


What happens to the data collected?

The information collected from the study will be entered into a database and analysed once the study is completed.  The study will be written up as part of an MSc dissertation and used to prepare a paper to be submitted to a scientific journal.


How is confidentiality maintained?

We will ask you to provide your email address after the completion of this questionnaire, so that a link to the second questionnaire can be sent to you. We will delete your email address once you have completed the 2nd questionnaire. There will be no record that links the data collected from you with personal data from which you could be identified. The anonymised data will be stored in University of Bath secure server for 10 years and will be analysed to inform future research studies. Note that you are free to withdraw from the experiment at any time, without having to give a reason.


What if I want to make a complaint?

If you have a minor complaint, then you need to contact the project supervisor in the first instance: Dr Fiona Gillison on


If there are any issues regarding this research that you would prefer not to discuss with members of the research team, or you wish to make a formal complaint or if you are not satisfied with the response you have gained from the project supervisor in the first instance then please contact the Psychology Research Ethics Committee, via Nathalia Gjersoe (, 0117 9287841)


Who has reviewed the research project?

The project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Bath Research Ethics. The Ethics Code is 18-050. 


If you have any questions at any time about the study, please do not hesitate to contact Sabrina Tam on